List of contributors; 1. The conservation of coastal biodiversity Julie L. Lockwood and Brooke Maslo; Part I. Biodiversity Status of Coastal Habitats: 2. Global patterns of mangrove extinction risk: implications for ecosystem services and biodiversity loss Beth A. Polidoro, Kent E. Carpenter, Farid Dahdoug-Guebas, Joanna C. Ellison, Nico E. Koedam and Jean W. H. Young; 3. Open-coast sandy beaches and coastal dunes Thomas A. Schlacher, Alan R. Jones, Jenifer E. Dugan, Michael A. Weston, Linda Harris, David S. Schoeman, David M. Hubbard, Felicita Scapini, Ronel Nel, Mariano Lastra, Anton McLachlan and Charles H. Peterson; 4. Biodiversity, ecosystem services and the conservation of seagrass meadows Richard K. F. Unsworth and Leanne C. Cullen-Unsworth; 5. Cascading effects of global oyster reef loss on the health of estuaries Brooke Maslo; 6. Biodiversity status of coastal dune forests in South Africa Rudi J. van Aarde, Robert A. R. Guldemond and Pieter I. Olivier; 7. The distribution and conservation of birds of coastal salt marshes Russell Greenberg, Augusto Cardoni, Bruno J. Ens, Xiaiojing Gan, Juan PabloIsacch, Kees Koffijberg and Richard Loyn; Part II. Emerging Threats: 8. The impacts of invasive species on coastal marine ecosystems Julie L. Lockwood and Orin J. Robinson; 9. Climate change and conservation of waders Ilya M. D. Maclean; 10. The impacts of climate change on marine turtle reproductive success Lucy A. Hawkes, Annette C. Broderick, Matthew H. Godfrey, Brendan J. Godley and Matthew J. Witt; 11. The effects of oil spilled on coastal ecosystems: lessons from the Exxon Valdez spill James L. Bodkin, Dan Esler, Stanley D. Rice, Craig O. Matkin and Brenda E. Ballachey; 12. Overexploitation of marine species and its consequences for terrestrial biodiversity along coasts Lawrence J. Niles, Amanda D. Dey and Brooke Maslo; Part III. Synthesis: 13. A research agenda for coastal biodiversity conservation Julie L. Lockwood and Brooke Maslo; Index.